Relaxing with Rick
Rick Moore was born in Plainfield, NJ on May 10, 1954. He began playing the organ at age 5. After hearing Benny Goodman on his parents records, he took up the clarinet & began playing in his school band. He also began playing the drums at an early age. While in high school, Rick took organ & piano lessons with Barbara Zincraf. He became a church organist & played for a variety of social functions. After graduating from high school, Rick attended the French School of Music in Plainfield, NJ. He also began playing the organ & piano professionally in restaurants & lounges. In 1974, Rick's interest turned toward jazz. He joined the New Jersey Jazz Society & began attending jam sessions as a listener. He began studying jazz improvisation with Fred Amend & was learning to play jazz piano at weekly jam sessions with other jazz students. By 1975, Rick was playing the piano for many society engagements & jazz gigs throughout the NJ-NY area. He lead a jazz quartet for an extended engagement at O'Connor's Beef & Ale House in Watchung, NJ. He worked with Frank Slingerland, Dean Robinson, Fred Amend, Don Messina, Bill Chattin, Judy Niemack, Irv Fenner, Joshua Breakstone & Vic Juris. Rick Studied classical piano with Keith MacDonald for 3 years. Then in 1978, he began jazz piano lessons with Sal Mosca in Mount Vernon, NY. For the next 8 years Rick studied jazz harmony, ear training, polyrhythms & improvising with Mosca. During the early 80's, Rick gave many concert performances, including 3 at the Watchung Arts Center. In 1986, Rick moved to West Palm Beach, FL & resumed performing. He found steady work in many country clubs & restaurants throughout the Palm Beach & Martin County area. He worked with Vinne Burke, Christian Buckholz, Bob Mortensen, Ed DeMatteo, Greg Power, Todd Walker, Doug Verga & many other notible musicans. In recent years, Rick worked extended solo piano engagements at the International Polo Club, Jupiter Island Club & Taste Restaurant in Hobe Sound, FL. He has also performed at Mar-a-Lago, Everglades Club, Mariner Sands, Ritz Carlton, Breakers West, Lyric Theater, Loblolly, Heidi's Jazz Club & many other venues. Rick has performed for Sarah Ferguson-Duchess of York, Donald Trump & Tommy Lee Jones, the Williams sisters & many other celeberties. He recently returned to the Watchung Arts Center in NJ to play 2 successful jazz concerts with his old friends, bassist Don Messina & drummer Bill Chattin. Rick carries a repertoire of more than 600 standard songs covering a broad range of popular music, jazz & original compositions. He is very comfortable playing in ensembles or as a soloist. In 2010, Rick is still working hard at his music & is always ready to play the piano when called to do so.